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Máxima Acuña is courageous and determined. She's also in danger.  


Dear Martina,

Máxima is a small farmer in Peru. She’s standing up to the mining giant that wants to take over her land.

Máxima refuses to yield, despite violent attacks by company security guards and police. They’ve damaged her property, destroyed her crops and beaten her so badly she had to be rushed to hospital. They’ve even beaten her children. 

Máxima is a leader in her community, defending the right to food, health and to a healthy environment amidst fears about the impact of mining exploitation. In April, her courageous efforts were recognized with the Goldman Environmental Prize, one of the most prestigious awards for defenders of the environment. 

Yet the threats and violent intimidation have not stopped. The situation is urgent. 

Martina, please stand with Máxima. Join us to demand respect for her rights and safety.

With hope and thanks,

Alex Neve
Secretary General
Amnesty International Canada

P.S. After signing our message, you'll learn how to share a solidarity message to Máxima and see it here, which will be presented to Máxima this week! Supporting Máxima is one of Amnesty's top priorities for our biggest global event, Write for Rights, on December 10th. Sign up here to write a letter for Máxima during Write for Rights!